True beginners will see the progress they can make with even one class with Diana. Students will learn which brush to use, the proper water to paint ratio, how to set up a palette, how to mix colors, and whether to use wet on wet or wet on dry techniques. Students will experiment with several techniques and produce a finished painting. No experience is needed! A list of materials will be available upon registering for the class.
$90.00 DCA Member – $135.00 Non-Member
In this one day workshop, explore ways to abstract a landscape from your own image. The workshop begins with a brief discussion on abstract landscapes and various methods to break down your image to simple forms. Working from a limited palette in Oil or Acrylic, work through simplifying your scene beginning with a value sketch to aid in creating a final painting on canvas. Oil or acrylic experience recommended. Abby will provide individual attention throughout the day. Students should plan to bring lunch or snack for a mid day break. Maximum 10 students per workshop.
$135.00 DCA Member – $180.00 Non-Member
Unleash a new way of painting! Explore working in a limited palette to create small contemporary works in either gouache or acrylic. inspired by your own imaginations, color sensibility, and works by renowned abstract artists, discover new ways to express an abstract style in a supportive and relaxed environment. Maximum 12 students.
$125 DCA Member – $170 Non-Members
Fridays (10:30am – 12:30 pm)
January 5 – February 9 / 6 weeks
This class explores watercolor techniques including wet on wet and use of drawing gum. Students will practice learning different triad palette combinations and pulling and glazing watercolors using personal photographs and still life as inspiration. Use of gouache and egg tempera is acceptable. Painting experience is a must. Students work at their own pace with critique and suggestions. Still life is often provided along with painting from instructors’ photos or students’ own. Demonstrations and assistance will be provided by the instructor.
$90 DCA Members – $135 Non-members
Next Step Wheel is a continuation of the Intro to Wheel Throwing class and is for anyone wanting to advance their skills in ceramics. Basic experience on the wheel is required. Whether you are a beginner or someone with some knowledge this is the class for you. Hand building and slab work will also be taught in this class. Students will have access to Open Studio to practice and work on pieces outside of scheduled class time. (See hours below.)
25 lb. bag of clay
Kiln Firing of your pottery
Glazes and related materials
Ceramic tools and equipment
Access to Open Studio
Open Studio Hours:
Tuesday (Noon – 7pm)
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday (11am – 4 pm)
Thursday (Noon – 5pm)
$200 DCA Members – $245 Non-Members
Thursdays (5 – 8pm)
Turn Trash into treasure at this up-cycling craft day led by World Wide Hope founder, Griselda Jiménez. Families will learn about caring for the environment while creating art out of recycled materials. The class will be taught in both English and Spanish. A parent or guardian must accompany children.
April 20 | Register Now
Students will carve a decoy using a knife or more advanced students will power carve in the Ward-style. All decoys are completed with paint. A $90 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the first class for the wood, eyes, and paint for the project. A list of additional supplies and power tools are available.
$150 DCA Members, $185 Non-members.
Materials cost – $75, payable to instructor at 1st class
Fridays (1pm – 4pm)
February 2 – April 5 / 10 weeks | Register Now
This class is for the beginner or artist that wants to learn about the basics of drawing
that underpins artwork. The class will include learning essential skills – line, value,
perspective etc. and will transition participants from being able to create simple line
drawings to producing more complex and realistic 3D artwork. The class will cover
the use of graphite pencils, ink pen and charcoal as well as other mediums of
interest. Minimum of 5 students, maximum of 10.
Will be sent to students ahead of the class. You can get art supplies from Michaels,
Jerrys Arterama, Dick Blick and other craft stores or through Amazon
I will supply some different drawing paper as well as images for drawing and have some limited supplies of optional materials. Please bring personal reference photos if you prefer to use your own images.
Please bring an additional materials fee in class of $5 to cover photo, supplies and paper costs.
$140 Members, $185 Non-Members
Material Fees: $5 to instructor cover additional cost of materials.
Instruction focuses on journaling with pen and watercolor wash. Work from your travel or memorabilia photos. We will also feature urban sketching with instruction on perspective for architectural components. Take one class or several with ongoing critique of previous month’s studies.
Suggested materials include:
Basics for the class are a journal, watercolor materials, black ink pen(s), and pencils.
Journals (choose any journal for wet (watercolor) application. Some choices:
Arches Aquarelle Travel Journal; landscape format $20.63 (Dick Blick vendor)
Moleskin Watercolor Notebook; 5 x 8 approx. $30 (Dick Blick)
Canson Watercolor 7×10 pad (Michaels) approx. $13.
Artists Loft Watercolor 5.5×8.5 pad (Michaels) approx. $6.
Pens (choose black ink, fine to medium tips)
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (Michaels)
Micron ink pens
Pencils and rubber eraser
Winsor Newton professional watercolor tubes are best; choose three primaries: e.g.
ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, aureolin yellow or winsor yellow or other colors you may
have. We will practice color mixing to obtain secondaries and build a variety.
Round brushes, sizes 6 and 10; Artists Loft synthetic (Michaels brand) is adequate and cheap
for beginner use. Princeton Select (blue handle) are also inexpensive and available at
Plastic Watercolor Palette (Michaels has a 17 well palette for $5.99)
Paper towels and water container (glass mason jar is good) We have a sink in the studio.
Personal photos Recommend that you bring a few favorite photos, whether travel, nature, or
celebrations of daily life. I will have photos for architectural studies to practice simple
perspective for travel themes. We’ll discuss the many types of journals as well as basic
exercises for artistic expression.
Please bring a bag lunch unless you want to enjoy a local restaurant on our lunch break.
$25 DCA Members, $70 Non-members
Saturdays (10am – 3pm)
This one-day workshop will provide fun for beginners and challenges for the more experienced painter. Spring flowers will be the focus. You are welcome to bring your own photos or paint from the examples provided. Diane will demonstrate and provide individual attention for each student. Material will be provided if needed or bring your own.
$80.00 DCA Member – $125.00 Non-Member
Materials cost (if needed) – $10, payable to instructor at 1st class
February 24 | Register Now
Students will have the opportunity to learn techniques for creating a stained-glass panel. Instruction includes design, cutting, foiling, and soldering. Stress-free, excellent instruction with beautiful results!
$135 DCA Member – $180 Non-Members
“Open Dance” – Building a strong dance community in Dorchester County
Open dance is a new and unexplored idea, whose purpose is to provide a safe space for people to perform, learn, and teach. This new weekly program premieres in the George B. Todd Performance Hall at the Dorchester Center for the Arts on January 11, 6:00-9:00 p.m. While the program will be held each Thursday, there is no commitment to attend every week.
Founder Binny Olson developed this concept out of her love for dance and her deep gratitude for the emotional and physical healing it provides individuals and communities.
The idea of open dance also stems from her love for “open mic”: Open mic provides a safe space where everyday people can perform music among groups who support musicians and their growing and developing perspectives. Open dance is the same, but with dance!
Open dance is designed to be an informal, nonprofessional dance program that encourages people of diverse backgrounds and socio-economic status, ages 17+, to experience dance on several levels:
- View – To become inspired by watching everyday people perform dance.
- Learn – To learn basic dance steps in a “line dance” format, taught by everyday people and occasional guest professionals. No partner necessary though some “partner” dances will be taught.
- Movement – Dance floor opens for dance party
The evening will be divided into those three parts: The first hour is performance. Dancers who wish to perform bring their own music for a 2–5-minute act, as individuals or groups. The second hour is where a line dance is taught. The last part is the dance party. This will be developed as the program moves forward, but this is the starting layout.
Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Beginning Thursday, January 11th
Students will learn to make and go home with a beautiful and unique reversible fine silver lentil pendant using .999 silver metal clay. On day 1 students will learn the basics of how to work with metal clay in its raw form. They will create two textured pieces with stones which will be attached, refined and ready for kiln firing. Day 2 students will polish their finished silver pieces by hand and in a polisher and learn how to apply an oxidized finish to bring out the textures. Finished pieces will be completed and ready to wear. Any extra time will be used to discuss how they can do this on their own at home.
$220 DCA Members, $265 Non-Members
Includes all materials and firing.
Saturday (10:30am – 3:30pm) Sunday (10:30am – 2:30 pm)
April 27 & 28: Register Now
In partnership with Wednesday Morning Artists
Registration Deadline is February 29
Students will learn the process of raku firing by glazing self-supplied bisque ware, learning how to load and unload a raku kiln, and experiencing smoked reduction.
All students are expected to bring pre-fired bisqueware to this class. Using a raku clay body is HIGHLY recommended.
$75 for DCA Members
$110 for Non-Members
$25 for College Students with Proper ID
Includes all materials and firing.
Saturday / 10am – 2pm
There will be two FREE workshops available in advance with pottery instructor Robert Gladney to help you create a piece to be fired.
Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 5:30 – 8 pm
Location: Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street, Cambridge, MD
Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: Noon – 2pm
Location: Peach Blossom Place, 900 Peach Blossom Avenue, Cambridge, MD
(In order to attend the Raku Workshop on March 9th you must register for it in addition to one of the free workshops if you need to create a piece to fire.)
Brett Thomas is an artist, educator, and founder of MobileRaku. Brett recieved his BFA: Ceramics from The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and an MFA: Ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He currently lives in Haverford Pennsylvania. Brett’s process as a ceramic artist is a balancing act “of devoting myself to personal expression, while teaching and helping others to realize their vision and potential as artists.” “I want to share the joy of art and I envision Mobile Raku as the best way for reaching out to an ever-expanding circle of creative people,” Thomas said recently. “I hope to venture beyond the controlled space of the classroom setting in a way that will enable me to balance my journey of artistic discovery with helping other people explore the creative paths of their lives in unique and inspiring ways, which raku ceramics so perfectly embodies.”
Before starting to paint, it is natural for the artist to contemplate the subject for a while, considering the light and shade effects, studying the contrast, analyzing forms and colors, imagining what the finished picture will look like, and this way, entering the field of interpretation, where the artist imagines and mentally changes forms, contrast and color.
-Brushes for oil painting( bring them in different sizes)
-Dippers containers for linseed oil and turpentine
Oil colors in tubes
-Medium: linseed oil, liquin original from winsor and newton, walnut alkyd medium or Galkid Gel from Gamblin( we need only one medium of your preference)-16 oz bottle of Mona Lisa brush cleaner/conditioner or any paint thinner to clean your brushes. ( you can easily find this in Michael’s)
-Paint brush washer container (get it here)
-Palette knife’s to mixing colors
– paper towels or any kind of rag
– gloves in case you don’t want to get messy
Ultramarine blue deep
Esmerald green or viridian green
(This is just a list of commonly used colors, feel free to bring the colors you like the most)
$135 DCA Members, $180 Non-members
May 4 & 5: Register
DCA is committed to providing students of all ages and levels with the opportunity to advance their skills in an informal, yet structured studio environment.
For the most up-to-date information on available classes, please visit our calendar.
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**Supply lists for classes may be obtained from the Dorchester Center for the Arts. We recommend that you order your supplies at least ten (10) days prior to the first class. Shop at Dick Blick or go to smile.amazon.com and enter Dorchester Center for the Arts as your supported charity. DCA will receive a donation from your purchase price at both of these sites! For more information call the Center at (410) 228-7782.